LANCASTER — State and local officials seized 62 packets of suspected synthetic marijuana from a Lancaster gas station on Thursday night.
Usman “John” Muhammad Chapra, 28, of Lexington, was arrested at the Shell gas station at 201 Lexington St., according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Paul Blanton. Chapra was charged with second-degree trafficking in controlled substances, taken to Lincoln County Detention Center, and almost immediately bonded out of custody.
Blanton said the KSP’s Drug Enforcement Special Investigations unit, KSP Richmond Post troopers, Lancaster police officers and Garrard County deputy sheriffs worked together to execute a search warrant and arrest Chapra.
A police officer investigating another situation earlier this week learned that synthetic marijuana was still being sold in Lancaster, Blanton said. The packets seized, “Happy Tiger” and “Black Magic,” are not in accordance with federal, state or city laws. Kentucky legislators banned the substances in June and Lancaster City Council passed an ordinance in March banning the use, sale and possession of synthetic drugs.